2019 – my year in a review

Hello everyone and welcome to my last post in this year!

Since the beginning of the year, I wrote 20 posts (not great, not terrible), I posted many tweets and instagram posts, and, most importantly, learned many new things outside of the internet domain. Of course, I had bigger plans for my blog, but I will honestly admit that, with all the work on my Master’s, I quickly got discouraged, since it seems, at least to me, that not many people are interested in my blog, or reading in general. Perhaps I’m simply boring!

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Peruča lake

So, before jumping in the review, I would like to thank you, each and every one of you, dear readers, who read what I write and leave comments and suggestions on my posts. It means a lot to be seen, and even more that you took some time out of your day in order to read something I wrote. I hope you enjoyed my posts, and you will continue to enjoy them in 2020!

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Cetonia aurata (rose chafer)

What I did in 2019? For the blog, not much, apart from buying fancy name domain. I did document some of my adventures, mainly visits to various caves and travelling. Looking back, I wish I focused more on explaining how to travel on a student budget. Would that be something you’d read about? What I’m really proud about, is my 10 days trip to camp in Slovenia – it’s the longest camp I was a part of, and I enjoyed it a lot. I am also really happy that I finally managed to travel this year.
In academia, I haven’t published anything but articles in Croatian student journal that popularizes biology (full disclosure: I’m also editor-in-chief), but I learned so much; I’m studying about computational biology and R language. I’ve also started my Master thesis researching Alzheimer’s disease in mouse models (spoiler alert: A LOT of immunohistochemistry). I did quite a lot for my extracurricular activities – new edition of In Vivo journal is about to be published, I started BIOcast – a biological podcast where I interview professors and students from my Department, I was busy editing articles for Gyrus Journal (student journal of neuroscience), visited some conferences, and helped in the organization of NeuRi – Student Congress of Neuroscience.

And that’s pretty much that – I started reading a bit, but I’m having hard time concentrating, and I also spent quite some time in hospitals, but that’s a story for another time. My goals in 2020 are to finish my Masters and have more discipline regarding studying, but also to have more hobbies I can turn to in order to relax more. What about you? Are you happy with how 2019 went? What is your biggest goal in 2020? 🙂

P.s. All the photos are from the very first post I wrote, that I have since deleted.
Field course in 2017, in Dalmatia, mainly around Knin.

 

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